Shop Talk :: Grand Opening and Give Away!
Please, take the time to read through our Nitty Gritty about the shop. For all shop related questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. After all the Market Place info, read about our GIVEAWAY :)
It is hard to believe, but after years of thinking about it, months of planning for it, and weeks of preparing for it, our little shop, or the Wee Folk Art Market Place, as we like to think about it, is going to open!
As we mentioned before, we are not starting a "full fledge store". We rather think of this more like an online Farmers Markets... with limited hours and limited wares. So, what can you expect?
~The Wee Folk Art Market Place will only be open MONDAYS, from 7:00 am Monday morning to 7:00 am Tuesday morning, EST.
~We will only carry a certain amount of items. If they are sold out early in the day, they will not be available again until the following week.
~We will only process a certain amount of orders. Michelle and I are running the shop by ourselves, at least to start, and will only handle the number of orders that we can process in one work day. Because of that, on any given day, our shop may close EARLY when we have reached our max. We hope our online friends will understand that we have family commitments, and although we are excited to share with our readers and friends, we cannot do it at the expense of our families. This experience is meant to enrich the lives of our families, not cause stress :)
~Although we are not planning on taking "special orders", if there was something you wanted, and you were not able to buy it on Market Day, feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com. If at all possible, we will try to make sure that we restock that item. Then, hop on early the next Monday, and you should be able to get what you wanted :)
~This shop is for our readers. We plan to do limited outside advertising. Because the shop is meant for YOU, please share feedback with us. If you think there is something we can do to improve the experience for you, or if there is something else you'd like to see us carry, suggest it, and we will do what we can to make it so :)
~Think of yourselves as our BETA testers. If you buy one of our kits, know that we have spent a great deal of time designing our kits, including writing up written directions and putting together the supplies. Two things here... first, I tend to be wordy (shocker, right?). When I do tutorials online, I can use all the words and photos I want, no problem. It's a little different when you are trying to get all the directions on one page with limited photos. If EVER something doesn't make sense to you or is wrong, please let us know. If you don't understand the directions, chances are someone else doesn't understand them either. We will revisit the directions and make changes when necessary.
And, second... it is our desire to put the right amount of supplies in the kits without being wasteful. Obviously, if your kit is missing something, let us know and we will get the missing part out to you ASAP! But, please be resourceful when using the kits. We've tried to create them with little waste, although you will probably find that there are always some little felt scraps left. Save them for your stash! I've been doing it for years and will, someday, create a wonderful masterpiece :) But, if you find there is something you didn't use (like an extra piece of embroidery floss or way too much of anything) please let us know. We want to include enough materials to make the experience pleasant, but no body wants to see waste. So, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice a problem with the materials.
~About shipping... shipping has been the most confusing part of this whole thing. We have a starting point. As we move forward, we may need to tweak our shipping practices. We want to ship in the most timely manner while still being economical. We will see how this goes. We will ship overseas BUT there is no CHEAP WAY to do this! Know, that we will do it in the most economical way possible, and you can read all about it at Wee Folk Arts Market Place. (Open at 7:00 am Monday, April 23)
NOTE: For the first few weeks, while we are working the bugs out of the system, we will NOT be shipping overseas. We want the opening of the shop to go smoothly, and so we plan to take small baby steps. We will announce when we will begin shipping overseas. In the mean time, come in and look around. Also, you are welcome to enter our giveaway :) Sorry for the delay.
~A word about payments. We are working through Paypal. If you have a Paypal account, you are all set. If you do not have a Paypal account, and would like to pay by credit card, you can do that. Payment is still collected through Paypal, but you do not need to have a Paypal account to charge an order. We do not accept checks or cash. Pretty normal stuff here.
~Finally, please be patient. We want this to be a wonderful experience for everyone. Please don't get frustrated if something sells out before you can purchase it, or if the shop is "closed" before the 24 hours is up. We would rather start out slow, making sure we get everything right, then have a chaotic mess on our hands and have dissatisfied customers :) Please, please, please help us to make Wee Folk Art Market Place a lovely little shop that you tell your friends about and like to frequent :)
~Incase you are wondering. In the past we have always offered our patterns for FREE. We will still offer all of our patterns for FREE. It is a mission with us to make it possible for everyone to craft for their homes and children. We do not feel right charging for patterns. We are hoping, that because you need to buy crafting supplies anyway, you will support our efforts and buy from us, BUT it is certainly not necessary. Continue to use our patterns for FREE. A smiling child will ALWAYS be payment enough :)
IMPORTANT: If there was something in the shop that you would like to buy, but it has sold old, please take the time to send us an email telling us what the item is, so we can try to have more for sale in the future! email@example.com
Now, about the giveaway. Since we are trying to tailor our shop to the readers, here's what you need to do to enter. First, OBVIOUSLY, go visit Wee Folk Art Market Place. It's a small shop, it won't take you long :) Right now, there are 7 kits for sale. As the weeks go by, we will be adding lots of new kits, supplies and some fun wares :) Some of our kits will be new designs, and others will be reworked old favorites. You need to do two things to enter:
First, choose any item in the store that you would like to receive (not included: the Needle Felting Kit or the 100% Wool Rainbow Felting Yarn Bundle) if you win.
Second, go to our GALLERY of FREE PATTERNS, and tell us what item(s) you would like to see turned into a kit. This will be valuable market research for us!
Note: If we've reach our maximum order acceptance for the day, you will no longer be able to place an order, but the shop will still be open so you can look around and enter the giveaway. Although we will not be shipping overseas for the first few weeks, everyone is welcome to enter the giveaway, and we will ship a winning prize overseas :)
The giveaway runs from Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Good luck to everyone! Over the next few weeks we will be offering more giveaways as we celebrate the Grand Opening. You won't want to miss them :)
Okay... think that's everything. If you have any questions about the Market Place, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT... the Market Place opens tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. EST. We will only accept a certain amount of orders. For this first week, that number will be low. We're not sure if we will meet that number in 15 minutes or 15 hours. Also, there is a limited number of any one product. When something sells out, it will not be available again until next week. If there is something you would really like, make sure to visit us early :)
The shop will not be open until tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. EST but here is the link: